Increasing health care costs and dwindling workplace resources require employers to consider the return on their workplace wellness investments. Employers want to see that monies spent on worksite wellness must be offset with more productive employees who have lower health care costs. A strong plan for your worksite program will maximize your health and wellness education and intervention budget.
Workplace Wellness programs that are designed to encourage healthy weight through healthy eating and increased activity contribute to preventing diabetes and other chronic diseases - such as high blood pressure and heart disease. Programs that also focus on smoking cessation and stress management further reduce the complications of diabetes and the risk for other health conditions such as cancer, stroke, and depression thereby reducing health care costs.
No matter the size of your business or number of employees, any company can take a step-by-step approach to helping employees improve their health and prevent or manage diabetes. Follow the steps outlined here in the “Plan” section to develop a roadmap for your company’s diabetes related wellness efforts.
Learn more about diabetes prevention and management using Diabetes at Work resources on the “About” home page. Resources about creation of a healthier workplace and obesity prevention can be found at CDC Healthier Worksite and CDC LeanWorks.